Egoism

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The terms "egoism" and "egotism" may refer to:

  • Egotism, an excessive or exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • Ethical egoism, the doctrine that holds that individuals ought to do what is in their self-interest
  • Psychological egoism, the doctrine that holds that individuals are always motivated by self-interest
  • Rational egoism, the belief that it is rational to act in one's self-interest
  • Solipsism (sometimes called egoism), the belief that only one's self exists, or that only the experiences of one's self can be verified
  • Egoist anarchism, a form of anarchism, as most often represented by Max Stirner
  • Egocentrism, inability to "put oneself in other peoples' shoes"

Philosophers who developed philosophical systems of egoism[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Altruism, the selfless concern for the welfare of others
  • Selfishness, denoting the precedence given in thought or deed to the self, i.e., self-interest or self concern
  • Selfism, a pejorative term referring to any philosophy, doctrine, or tendency that upholds explicitly selfish principles as being desirable
  • Individualism, a focus on the individual as opposed to society
  • Individualist anarchism, anarchism that exalts the supremacy of the individual
  • Machiavellianism, a tendency to deceive and manipulate others for personal gain
  • Objectivism (Ayn Rand), a philosophical system based on the writings of Ayn Rand that advocates egoism
  • Post-egoism, a philosophy aiming beyond egoism
  • Suitheism, the belief in self as a deity